Some of the world’s greatest musicians hail from Nigeria. We talk about artists who step on world stages and have no need to even introduce themselves. When we mention names like Sade, Asa, Ayo, Lemar, D Banj, P Square, Seal, Wiz Kid, but to name a few, the music industry across the globe raise their ears.
These are individuals that have not only put their African Country on the map, but have also managed to put themselves amongst top international artists.
It is in Lagos, the fastest-growing city in Africa and the seventh in the world, where it all goes down. This city is well known for its pop, hip and happening lifestyle, and if ever one decides to visit Nigeria, they could be advised to visit Lagos.
Food in this place, plays a pivotal role for locals. It plays in the rituals of virtually all ethnic groups in Nigeria. A ceremony would never be complete in Nigeria if food is not involved, sharing a meal is always vital. Normally, it is even considered rude to not invite guests to share in a meal when they visit.
So, this, if one were to sum it up, is a place of good food, music and festivities. Some of the greatest fashion is also from Lagos. The head scarfs that we see trending around the globe, are masterpieces of Nigeria. So, not only do they excel in the music industry, but they are also fashion forward.
Their music industry, however, still remains the core of their existence. Artists such as Davido and D Banj, real name Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo, are names that trend on social sites today, and as we speak, the very same D Banj we speak of, was making waves in Mauritius last week, together with popular TV and Radio presenter Bonang Matheba, hip-hop artists Da Les, Dimples, Banky W and South African Fashion designer David Tlale.
This comes as a result of their fabulous jobs as CIROC premium vodka ambassadors, and they will be joined by other A-listers to launch the new CIROC pineapple flavour. D Banj is set to perform in Mauritius, joined by Da Les. So we could safely say that he is an official, international, superstar.
This guy, is not just a superstar. Many would be impressed to know that D Banj is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development. He is also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace. His song “Cocoa Na Chocolate” , featuring 18 other African artists and won Best African Collaboration at the All Africa Music Awards in 2014, was released in support of agricultural investments.
It was this year, 2015, where the World Bank Chief, Mr Jim Yong Kim applauded D Banj for his music power and high celebrity status to bringing attention to serious and critical issues in Africa with special focus on agriculture and poverty alleviation. Africa has good people.